Sexual Violence

Essential Pittsburgh
6:11 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Sexual Assault on College Campuses

A campus sign from a University of Oregon Rape Awareness initiative in 2013
Credit Wolfram Burner / Flickr

According to our guest Vice President of Government Relations for the American Association of University Women, Lisa Maatz, we’re seeing more outrage from student advocates, survivors and politicians regarding sexual assault on college campuses.

She and Julie Evans, Director of Prevention and Crisis Services at Pittsburgh Action Against Rape talk about how universities can better deal with this issue.

Essential Pittsburgh
6:02 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

How Media Coverage of Sexual Assault Could Be Improved

Protests outside the University of VA Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house in late November after Rolling Stone published an article titled "A Rape on Campus"
Credit Bob Mical / Flickr

In November, Rolling Stone published a story about an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia, relying on the account of the victim. 

The magazine later apologized to readers, revealing it believed her story contained inaccuracies. We'll discuss the most recent developments with Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist Tony Norman and Jeff Ritter, Communications Department Chair at La Roche College.

Community
5:37 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Activists Rally to End Gender-Based Violence

Many women will celebrate Valentine’s Day by spending some quality time with their significant others, but there are many other women who will spend the day in fear of intimate partner violence.

That’s why New Voices Pittsburgh, a community based organization dedicated to the health and well-being of black women and girls, is organizing a rally to end gender-based violence, to be held at noon Friday at Market Square.

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domestic violence
12:46 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Advocacy Groups Say 'No More' Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault

Could a hashtag save someone’s life? The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV) and Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) think so. 

That’s why they are asking Pennsylvanians to post the message “NO MORE” with the hashtag #pasaysnomore on their Twitter accounts on Nov. 24.

Steve Halvonik, PCADV communications director, said they chose Nov. 24 because it's the day before the United Nation’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

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Behavioral Health
7:34 am
Wed October 16, 2013

For Victims of Sexual Violence, the Judicial System Can Often Add to Trauma

For years, Britney Dukes was sexually abused by her stepfather. While she's recently found some resolution in her case, like many others, the trauma of her situation was compounded by the legal system.
Credit Ryan Loew / 90.5 WESA

With sexual violence can come a host of mental health issues — depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder to name a few. But dealing with the judicial system can also bring a slew of problems for victims.

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